Book Reviews of Barchester Towers (Oxford Pocket Classics)

Barchester Towers (Oxford Pocket Classics)
Barchester Towers - Oxford Pocket Classics
Author: Anthony Trollope
ISBN-13: 9780517626399
ISBN-10: 051762639X
Publication Date: 12/27/1986
Rating:
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4.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
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This is the second of the six Barsetshire novels, and the first great novel in that series. THE WARDEN, while pleasant, primarily serves as a prequel to this novel. To be honest, if Trollope had not gone on to write BARCHESTER TOWERS, there would not be any real reason to read THE WARDEN. But because it introduces us to characters and situations that are crucial to BARCHESTER TOWERS, one really ought to have read THE WARDEN before reading this novel.
Trollope presents a dilemma for most readers. On the one hand, he wrote an enormous number of very good novels. On the other hand, he wrote no masterpieces. None of Trollope's books can stand comparison with the best work of Jane Austen, Flaubert, Dickens, George Eliot, Tolstoy, or Dostoevsky. On the other hand, none of those writers wrote anywhere near as many excellent as Trollope did. He may not have been a very great writer, but he was a very good one, and perhaps the most prolific good novelist who ever lived. Conservatively assessing his output, Trollope wrote at least 20 good novels. Trollope may not have been a genius, but he did possess a genius for consistency.
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author is Anthony Trollope; edited by Page, introduced by Kincaid, illustrated by Ardizzone
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This is one of my favorite books of all time - and it started me reading now almost two dozen of Anthony Trollope's books - most of which are superbly written and possess more insightful glimpses into the human mind than any contemporary fiction I've read - and Trollope was pre-Freud.

I read this book after watching the Barchester Chronicles - probably my favorite mini-series of all time. I was not expecting much -- after all it was about the conflicts happening within the Anglican church, a subject that did not interest me at all. But what Barchester Towers is all about is character, heart and humor.

In Barchester Towers, the characters come alive - and some are laugh-aloud funny and very memorable. But you may have an even more satisfying read if you do as I did - watch the miniseries first, which is called Barchester Chronicles and which combines the first two Barchester books, The Warden - which is 2 episodes - and Barchester Towers which is 4 or 5 episodes. The Warden is also very well done, and a reader may get even more out of reading Barchester Towers if he/she reads The Warden first.

Onr way or another, you must see the film - you will forever carry with you memories of the lovable Mr. Harding, the horrific Mrs. Proudie and Mr. Slope (probably the best comic characters ever written and SUPERBLY acted) the bumbling Mr. Proudie, the volcanic Archdeacon Grantly and the incomparably original Madeline Neroni. Both the film and the book are brilliant are a not-to-be missed experience you will not ever forget.

(And by the way, you must also read The Last Chronicle of Barsetshire - in which, although a minor plot, you can totally savor watching Mrs. Proudie getting what she deserves!)
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This is one of my favorite books of all time - and it started me reading now almost two dozen of Anthony Trollope's books - most of which are superbly written and possess more insightful glimpses into the human mind than any contemporary fiction I've read - and Trollope was pre-Freud.

I read this book after watching the Barchester Chronicles - probably my favorite mini-series of all time. I was not expecting much -- after all it was about the conflicts happening within the Anglican church, a subject that did not interest me at all. But what Barchester Towers is all about is character, heart and humor.

In Barchester Towers, the characters come alive - and some are laugh-aloud funny and very memorable. But you may have an even more satisfying read if you do as I did - watch the miniseries first, which is called Barchester Chronicles and which combines the first two Barchester books, The Warden - which is 2 episodes - and Barchester Towers which is 4 or 5 episodes. The Warden is also very well done, and a reader may get even more out of reading Barchester Towers if he/she reads The Warden first.

Onr way or another, you must see the film - you will forever carry with you memories of the lovable Mr. Harding, the horrific Mrs. Proudie and Mr. Slope (probably the best comic characters ever written and SUPERBLY acted) the bumbling Mr. Proudie, the volcanic Archdeacon Grantly and the incomparably original Madeline Neroni. Both the film and the book are brilliant are a not-to-be missed experience you will not ever forget.

(And by the way, you must also read The Last Chronicle of Barsetshire - in which, although a minor plot, you can totally savor watching Mrs. Proudie getting what she deserves!)
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Funniest of Trollope's books. Piercing satire of a cathedral town.
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Took me awhile to get into this read but once I did I found it so delightful. If one has the ideas that men of the church are saintly this book will help them discover that they are too human men who exhibit greed, dislike, hate, and more. Towers is probably the most widely read of this series. It's the second but each novel in the series is written to stand alone so whichever one a reader chooses ends. The series begins with The Warden. Others are Doctor Thorne, Fromley Parsonage, The Small House on Allington and The Last Chronicle of Barset. Each novel features different key individuals.

Towers introduces Mrs. Eleanor Bold, a pretty and wealthy young widow, who is wooed by three different individuals only one of whom loves her for herself. The others seek her wealth. The ups and downs of the courtships provides much opportunity for the reader to enjoy human foibles. Her father, the gentle saintly Mr. Harding, avoids conflict whenever and however he can. We find a bishop whose every move is dictated by his wife, a sanctimonious brother-in-law who tries to tell Eleanor what to believe and how to live her life, and the Quiverfuls, a family whose very existence depends on Mr. Quiverful achieving a higher station to support his fourteen children and satisfy his debtors. All in all this is a most enjoyable read and I look forward to checking more novels in this series.
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I could not get into this book; not sure why.
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This is one of my favorite books of all time - and it started me reading now almost two dozen of Anthony Trollope's books - most of which are superbly written and possess more insightful glimpses into the human mind than any contemporary fiction I've read - and Trollope was pre-Freud.

I read this book after watching the Barchester Chronicles - probably my favorite mini-series of all time. I was not expecting much -- after all it was about the conflicts happening within the Anglican church, a subject that did not interest me at all. But what Barchester Towers is all about is character, heart and humor.

In Barchester Towers, the characters come alive - and some are laugh-aloud funny and very memorable. But you may have an even more satisfying read if you do as I did - watch the miniseries first, which is called Barchester Chronicles and which combines the first two Barchester books, The Warden - which is 2 episodes - and Barchester Towers which is 4 or 5 episodes. The Warden is also very well done, and a reader may get even more out of reading Barchester Towers if he/she reads The Warden first.

Onr way or another, you must see the film - you will forever carry with you memories of the lovable Mr. Harding, the horrific Mrs. Proudie and Mr. Slope (probably the best comic characters ever written and SUPERBLY acted) the bumbling Mr. Proudie, the volcanic Archdeacon Grantly and the incomparably original Madeline Neroni. Both the film and the book are brilliant are a not-to-be missed experience you will not ever forget.

(And by the way, you must also read The Last Chronicle of Barsetshire - in which, although a minor plot, you can totally savor watching Mrs. Proudie getting what she deserves!)
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There is a price sticker on the dust cover of this book. Other than this it's in pretty good shape. Small print.